Where to Picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

WHERE TO PICNIC IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Looking for a great place to picnic in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park? Pack up your lunch and head to the Great Smoky Mountains for a fun and relaxing picnic. Bring your camera when you stop by, to capture the amazing scenic views and incredible wildlife.

Each picnic site has a picnic table and a raised grill for cooking.

To prevent wildlife from invading your picnic, be sure to clean your site thoroughly.

Check out the hours and site information below!

Big Creek

  • Open April 10, 2015 – October 31, 2015
  • 10 picnic sites available
  • No pavilion

Cades Cove

  • Open Year Round
  • 81 picnic sites available
  • No pavilion
  • Closes at 8 p.m. May 1 – August 1; sunset on other dates

Chimneys

  • Open March 14, 2015 – November 29, 2015
  • 68 picnic sites available
  • No pavilion
  • Closes at 8 p.m. May 1 – August 1; sunset on other dates

Collins Creek

  • Open April 3, 2015 – October 31, 2015
  • 182 picnic sites available
  • Pavilion seats 70 and can be reserved in advance
  • Closes at 8 p.m. May 1 – August 1; sunset on other dates.

Cosby

  • Open April 10, 2015 – October 31, 2015
  • 35 picnic sites available
  • Pavilion seats 55 and can be reserved in advance

Deep Creek

  • Open Year Round
  • 58 picnic sites available
  • Pavilion seats 70 and can be reserved in advance

Greenbrier

  • Open Year Round
  • 12 picnic sites available
  • Pavilion seats 70 and can be reserved in advance

Heintooga

  • Open May 22, 2015 – October 13, 2015
  • 41 picnic sites available
  • No pavilion

Look Rock

  • Closed for 2015
  • 51 picnic sites available
  • No pavilion

Metcalf Bottoms

  • Open Year Round
  • 122 picnic sites available
  • Pavilion seats 70 and can be reserved in advance. Pavilion is open April 10, 2015 – October 31, 2015.
  • North half of the picnic area is closed during the winter. Only “pack it out” picnicking from October 31, 2015 – April 1, 2016 due to dumpsters being removed during the winter months.

Twin Creeks

  • Open April 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015
  • Pavilion only – no sites
  • Pavilion seats 150 and must be reserved in advance
Where to Picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains

Twin Creek Pavilion – Photo Credit www.recreation.gov

So get your friends and family together and plan a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains for a fun-filled day! Do you have a favorite spot to picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains?

For more information on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, click here!

Twin Creeks pavilion may experience may experience noise from a construction project through July 2015. The work is scheduled for daylight hours on weekdays.

 

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